Cambridge: Bridge in The Sound and the Fury (Location)

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The Bridge
Type: 
OutOfYoknapatawpha
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Speculation
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Description: 

The bridge over the Charles River where Quentin will commit suicide is a central location in the novel, but there has long been confusion about its location. Decades ago someone actually put up a memorial plaque for him on the Anderson Memorial Bridge, but that is much too close to Harvard (and was not built until five years after Quentin's death). The bridge where Quentin hides the weights he will put in his pockets when he jumps is an "interurban" trolley ride away from Harvard, in an area that seems rural enough, with trees and a swimming hole, to suggest the less developed world he left behind in Mississippi. The place we've located it, however, upriver from Harvard, is admittedly a guess.

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Site of Event
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Continuous
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